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Device helps deaf musicians stay on beat – Part 1

Device helps deaf musicians stay on beat – Part 1 Editor: Everyone knows that people with hearing loss can’t enjoy music, right? Fortunately, some students at Marquette University didn’t buy into that myth, and they went on to develop a metronome for deaf musicians. This story originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and is reprinted with their kind permission. ...

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IBM develops mobile system for the hard of hearing

IBM develops mobile system for the hard of hearing Editor: We’re all aware of the frustrations that people with hearing loss encounter trying to understand announcements in places like airports and train stations. The folks at IBM have developed a system that addresses that problem and a lot more! Here’s the press release. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Location-specific alerts delivered via SMS IBM ...

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NAD Presentation at Access Board Meeting on Communication Access

NAD Presentation at Access Board Meeting on Communication Access Editor: Despite all the laws and good intentions people with hearing loss still do not have anything like equivalent access to information. Here’s a report on the recent presentation to the Access Board by Rosaline Crawford of NAD. This report is presented courtesy of NVRC. You are welcome to share this ...

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HLAA Presentation at Access Board Meeting on Communication Access

HLAA Presentation at Access Board Meeting on Communication Access Editor: Despite all the laws and good intentions people with hearing loss still do not have anything like equivalent access to information. Here’s a report on the recent presentation to the Access Board by Brenda Battat of HLAA. This report is presented courtesy of NVRC. You are welcome to share this ...

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Charter calls for radical change in access to technology for disabled and older people

Charter calls for radical change in access to technology for disabled and older people Editor: Regular readers know that the hearing loss community in the US is expressing growing concern that ongoing technological advances are reducing, rather than increasing, access for people with hearing loss. One glaring example is the explosion of non-captioned video on the Internet. Folks in the ...

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Grassroots Advocacy for Hard of Hearing People

Grassroots Advocacy for Hard of Hearing People One of a Series of Articles on the Awakening Oral Hearing Loss Community This article discusses one of the workshops I attended at the California SHHH convention in Buena Park on February 19. The presenter was Grace Tiessen, who has been an advocacy dynamo in southern California for many years. Grace began her ...

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Captioned movies for people with hearing loss

Captioned movies for people with hearing loss Movies without captions are generally inaccessible to people with hearing loss. It is incomprehensible to me that our society can allow a portion of our population as large as the hearing loss segment to be denied access to something as commonplace as movies. Yet, that has been the reality for too many of ...

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RNID Guidelines for DDA Speak Louder than Words – Part 1

RNID Guidelines for DDA Speak Louder than Words – Part 1 Editor: The British equivalent of our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Interestingly, it sounds like the Brits have the same sorts of problems getting organizations to comply that we have in the US. This article presents a set of easy and inexpensive guidelines ...

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Preparing for the Next Emergency – Part 1

Preparing for the Next Emergency – Part 1 Editor: How good is our emergency preparedness? That topic has certainly received lots of attention since September 11, 2001, and there seems to be considerable disagreement regarding how much progress we’ve made. How good is our emergency preparedness for people with disabilities? That topic has received almost no attention, and our preparedness ...

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